A New York public school teacher will avoid jail and won’t have to immediately relinquish her teaching license despite pleading guilty to performing sex acts on a 14-year-old male student.
According to the New York Post, 29-year-old Dori Myers was a teacher at the New School for Leadership and the Arts in the Bronx neighborhood of Kingsbridge. She is also the wife of an officer in the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office.
Court reports show she admitted to having oral sex with the teen in a variety of locations, leading to a Class D felony conviction.
Though she will have to register as a sex offender, Justice Michael Orbus sentenced her to a 10-year probated sentence.
Myers’ defense attorney requested that the judge not force her to relinquish her teaching license, even though she has been fired from her most recent position.
Andrew Stoll said his client “won’t be working” for the local school district, but could potentially re-enter the field of education.
“There is a possibility that she could teach adults now or in the future and we want to preserve that possibility,” the lawyer said.
Calling Myers a “talented teacher,” Stoll said he did not see “any reason to destroy her ability to make a living and to contribute to society in a positive way.”
Instead of including a decision on the issue in his ruling, Orbus said that it “would be a matter that any licensing agency will be able to consider, if they choose to do that, and of course any employer.”
Myers was initially arrested in January after the teen boy contacted authorities to report the abuse.
[Featured image: Dori Myers/Daily Mail, video screenshot]